Christmas message from Jacqui Portway, Saffron Walden trader

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 December 2016

Jacqui Portway

Jacqui Portway

Archant

Saffron Walden is a marvellous place to live and work.

Everyone here has a jolly vibe, and they greet one another constantly, which is nice.

This beautiful town is alive at community events and it’s my total pleasure to assist on such occasions as the Dance in the Square, the Maze Festival and late night shopping. It’s great to see everyone having fun.

Another achievement has been the open mic night at Ed’s Garden in Market Hill, held on the last Thursday of every month. This has given local talent of all ages a platform for their music.

Our market town is beautifully kept by Saffron Walden Town Council, who have a dedicated workforce out in all weathers, always with a smile.

The market improves year by year. The young people who help us go off to university or start their own businesses, which is wonderful to behold.

A little chap asked if he could tell me a joke at Walden Wonderland (this year’s Christmas celebrations and lights switch-on). He said: “What do you call a sheep with no legs?”

I had no idea, I replied.

He threw his arms up above his head and said joyfully: “A cloud”.

We all laughed, it made my day and just shows you what Saffron Walden is all about. The simple and best things in life are free and will bring great happiness.

So don’t go looking for a pot of gold. We already have it living in such an amazing place. Let’s look after one another, give five minutes to a recycled teenager and the rest will follow.

Happy Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year.

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